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Until Spring 2012, couples in love wishing to marry didn’t have many choices on where to turn for unique and customized weddings in the Philadelphia region. Marry Me Philadelphia was established in April, 2012 by Colleen A. McDermott. She simply incorporated her vision for breaking the mold by providing choices; subsequently changing the game. Marry Me Philadelphia has seemingly become an overnight success! Providing couples with valuable insight, genuine integrity, and most importantly, complete control of the flow of their ceremony! By encouraging couples to follow their heart, Colleen helps to ensure the individuality of each ceremony. “Marry Me Philadelphia was created in efforts to serve the community in a non-discriminatory manner and provide an in-demand service in a hassle-free way” says Colleen.
Colleen has taken this industry-changing attitude even further by officiating avant-garde ceremonies to the likes of same-sex unions and even a vow renewal that was held at a tailgate at Lincoln Financial Field which was aired on the NFL Network!
Colleen has been recognized for her origination. She won Best Officiant on the 2012 Philly Hot List in her first year of business. She’s been presented with numerous WeddingWire.com accolades, most recently the honorable “Bride’s Choice Awards 2013” which recognizes the top 5% of wedding vendors nationwide.
Marry Me Philadelphia provides a modern spin on the traditional wedding and certainly welcomes the unconventional. Serving couples in the Delaware Valley on their most special day by creating customized readings and performing them in a charming and charismatic manner.
In 2013, Marry Me Philadelphia has also begun to sponsor a local non-profit for youth sports, Be About Something. You can find out more on Be About Something and how to donate by clicking here.
At Marry Me Philadelphia, it is our personal goal and guarantee to assure that your celebration of love is a memorable moment that can be reflected upon for a lifetime. Our dexterity as officiants ensures not only your 100% satisfaction with our services, but a ceremony that exudes reverence, joy and warmth for a wonderful experience. We take pride in celebrating your special day with you.
We establish an intimate bond with couples in order to gain full understanding of their individual wants and needs to implement a unique and reverent touch that incorporates the personal values and spirituality of the couple. Our presence provides warmth, reassurance, direction and guidance to make sure that you and your guests are at ease.
Some of the services that Marry Me Philadelphia provides before, during and after the ceremony include, but are certainly not limited to the following!
(see below) Inclusive With All Packages Unlimited Pre-Ceremony Consultations - via email, telephone, text or in person (based on availability) Genuine Moral Support Before, During and After Ceremony Full Customization and/or Modification of Selected Ceremony Option Full Customization and/or Modification of Selected Package Add-On Witnesses Provided Filing of Marriage Certificate and Proper Documentation Keepsake Marriage Certificate in Foil-Enhanced Certificate Cover "Congratulations from MMP" Greeting Card Post-Ceremony Celebratory Wine or Champagne Optional Inclusive for Ceremonies Hosted at MMP Ceremony Types and Package Definitions
The Legal/Paperwork package just consists of license & document processing. This can take place at MMP or the location of your choice.
JUST THE BASICS OPTIONS
Just the Basics are usually simple, ‘short and sweet’ and would be inclusive of "last minute" and same day ceremonies.
These ceremonies tend not to exceed ten minutes, are often hosted at MMP and do not usually get upgraded with add-ons, though add-ons are certainly welcome to any package and ceremony!
Enhanced packages are for weddings that have 5+ guests and/or will be in excess of 10 minutes length. All enhanced ceremonies will take place at your venue location.
LAST MINUTE CEREMONIES
Last minute ceremonies are any combination of Legal/Paperwork, Just the Basics and Enhanced packages that are booked less than 7 days in advance.
Don't forget to ask about our new photography packages!
Please contact MMP for 2013 Fee Schedule.
*Marry Me Philadelphia will make every attempt to match competitor pricing in the unlikely event that you find a lower fee. Ceremony and Reading Options
Numerous Ceremony Selections and Poems to Choose From Non-Denominational Weddings Inter-faith Ceremonies Inter-racial Marriages Civil Ceremonies Last Minute and Same Day Ceremonies (if available) 2nd (and thereafter) Marriages LGBT Unions Vow Renewal Traditional Ceremonies Non-Traditional Ceremonies Large Affairs Small Ceremonies in My Home Simple, Legal Ceremonies Promise Ceremonies (no marriage license required) Formal Events Casual Events Unique Themes Diverse Locations Friends and Family Welcome to Share Words and Readings Incorporation of Couples Own Vows Custom-made Ceremonies and Vows
If you have ideas that you'd like to incorporate into your ceremony, please feel free to ask! Please email me for a complete list of ceremony options, add-options and fee schedule.
Custom Packages Are Available!
Please call for an exact pricing quote based on the specific needs of your ceremony. To secure availability of your wedding date and time, a non-refundable $50.00 deposit is required. Fees subject to change without notice.
Unless your own add-on supplies are used, there will be a nominal fee for items marked with an asterisk.
Breaking of the Glass* Butterfly Ceremony* Candle Lighting Ceremony Ceremony for Honoring and Recognizing Children During the Service Hand-Fasting Ceremony Honoring the Directions Life Coaching Minister's Blessing Parental Honoring Photography Prayer Pre-Marital Counseling Releasing of Doves* Ring Ceremony Silent Blessing The Rose Ceremony* Water Ceremony Wedding Music* (live acoustic guitar) Wine Ceremony* ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WANT!!! Marry Me Philadelphia Guarantee!
Time, care, effort and careful consideration are the key ingredients to the perfect ceremony.
MMP guarantees 100% satisfaction with the outcome of your selected ceremony.
If you find yourself unsatisfied, the ceremony will be reworked until client contentment has been achieved.
officiants Colleen A. McDermott
Elizabeth Langdon Tina Mouzone
Colleen is an ordained minister and has chosen to remain unaffiliated and non-denominational. Colleen decided to become an officiant as a venture into a new career path after realizing that there was a need for the specialty in the Philadelphia area. After looking into what this would entail, Colleen built the Marry Me Philadelphia website and soon after received her first client! Ever since, it's been non-stop!
Colleen grew up and resides in Northeast Philadelphia, where she lives with her fiance and children. Colleen is an experienced public speaker and has always been a known leader. She is multi-talented and very creative. She has been able to express her enthusiasm, friendliness and creativity though her endeavors with MMP. Colleen knows that this is what she was set out to do in life and looks forward to seeing MMP flourish for years to come. She is even training her daughter, Ericka McDermott, on the ins and outs of MMP so that she can soon become more than a junior assistant!
Colleen is currently working on completing her BS in Psychology. She also began studying Life Coaching and multiple Holistic Healing practices to the likes of meditation, Reiki and reflexology. She is working towards obtaining certificates in several areas. Pre-marital counseling will be offered to interested couples but will not be a prerequisite. Colleen was also recently appointed as a Notary Public.
Colleen, pictured below, preparing to perform a cozy ceremony in Media, PA. in November 2012.
Marry Me Philadelphia welcomes our new officiant, Liz Langdon, to the team! Liz was married by Colleen McDermott of Marry Me Philadelphia in November 2012 (Colleen also married Liz's sister, Kelly!). Colleen and Liz kept in touch after the wedding and found they had many similar interests. "It just seemed like a natural fit" said Colleen.
Liz is an ordained minister and is non-denominational. She is the wife of her high school sweetheart and the mother of a beautiful little girl. Liz grew up and still resides in Northeast Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is an experienced public speaker and holds a full-time position with the City of Philadelphia. Liz also moonlights as a thirtyone consultant.
Liz, pictured below in the center, recently performed her very first ceremony on February 2nd, 2013.
She did a wonderful job and makes a fantastic addition to the Marry Me Philadelphia team.
Tina is another client who was delighted with Marry Me Philadelphia's services and maintained contact with Colleen after her wedding! Tina recently joined Marry Me Philadelphia team as an officiant and looks forward to exploring touching ceremony options for couples who want to connect with their roots. Tina is an aspiring singer, actress and entrepreneur who enjoys interacting with people from all walks of life. She looks forward to sharing in the joy of your special day!
Tina is pictured below.
Kenny, Colleen's brother, is a recent high school grad and talented musician. He is a wonderful assistant. Kenny attends weddings, helps coordinate with other vendors at the event (mic set up, etc.) and ensures all aspects of the ceremony run smoothly. Kenny also helps to train his niece, Ericka, on what it takes to be a great assistant.
For lack of a "non-selfie", Kenny is pictured below!
Ericka is Colleen's eldest daughter. She is soon-to-be 13 years old and will be heading to the 8th grade in September 2013. Ericka is learning everything about Marry Me Philadelphia and what it is like to be a female small business owner, an officiant and how to be organized. Ericka attends weddings mostly to observe what her mother and Kenny do and to help in any way she can. Ericka also helps her mother keep records tidy and organized and hopefully will be ready for the phones come summer!
Ericka is pictured below in her most recent 12/13 school portrait.
Andy is a freelance photographer who recently joined the MMP team. He is building his portfolio with MMP and can be contracted as part of your MMP package to photograph your wedding. Photos coming soon.
Andy is pictured below.
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